Over the past few weeks The Detroit News
has done a great job of sketching out the consequences of our budget priorities over the last four years.
First, the supply side round-up: The Bush tax cuts have benefited the wealthy
. The estate tax repeal has benefited the wealthy
. Tax cuts to help stockholders increase their earnings have benefited the wealthy
. Tax cuts for horse owners (really!) have benefited the wealthy
So some people have made out quite well. Now, on the other side of the ledger: Federally subsidized child care has been slashed
, leaving many families unable to lift themselves out of poverty. Meals on Wheels is no longer rolling
. Programs to help low-income families heat their homes have dried up
. Public housing programs have dried up
. Families, seniors, and disabled people need to wait years
to qualify for Section 8 rent assistance. Programs to police public housing have been eliminated
, fanning the rise of crime in low-income neighborhoods. A job creation program for low-income seniors is being hacked up
. And dwindling financial aid means that students can no longer afford
to go to public universities.